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This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lee Vickroy, pictures the Siloam School in Harrisonville around the year 1909. Pictured, front row, left: ? Deshong, Clyde Sipes, Jamie Besecker, Guy Deshong, Perlie Sipes, Lulu Sipes (Mrs. Vickroy’s mother), Bruce Lake, Albert Deshong, Maurice Sipes, Earl Sipes, Norman Schooley; second row: ? Deshong, ? Deshong, Joe Lake, Stella Schooley, Cary Sipes; third row: Doc Sipes, Rex Sipes, Clem Schooley, Ethel Schooley, Myrtle Sipes, Laura Schooley; fourth row: David Sipes, Thurman Straiti and Maggie Akers (teacher). This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Lee Vickroy, pictures the Siloam School in Harrisonville around the year 1909. Pictured, front row, left: ? Deshong, Clyde Sipes, Jamie Besecker, Guy Deshong, Perlie Sipes, Lulu Sipes (Mrs. Vickroy’s mother), Bruce Lake, Albert Deshong, Maurice Sipes, Earl Sipes, Norman Schooley; second row: ? Deshong, ? Deshong, Joe Lake, Stella Schooley, Cary Sipes; third row: Doc Sipes, Rex Sipes, Clem Schooley, Ethel Schooley, Myrtle Sipes, Laura Schooley; fourth row: David Sipes, Thurman Straiti and Maggie Akers (teacher). 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 7, 1997


Robert B. Murray III took over duties this week as Fulton County Medical Center’s chief executive officer. He was previously the chief operating officer at Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio.

The vehicle homicide trial of a Burnt Cabins man in connection with an August 1996 fatal accident in Licking Creek Township was continued to this fall, and a jury from Franklin County will be selected to hear the case here. John Kling, 24, Burnt Cabins, had been scheduled to stand trial this week on numerous charges relating to the August 28, 1996, accident which killed Helen Ditha Mellott, Harrisonville. However, the defense attorney filed a motion seeking a change of venue for case.

Long-time McConnellsburg attorney Gary D. Wilt, 55, was found dead in his office on the courthouse square in McConnellsburg by his secretary Monday morning.

Cpl. John Zechman who served with the PA State Police at the McConnellsburg station for 16 years, was transferred to the Harrisburg Departmental Headquarters effective July 28. Zechman assumes the position of criminal history section supervisor in the records and information department, a position held by new McConnellsburg State Commander Sgt. Eric Easton until that same date.

Palmer Construction Co. of McConnellsburg broke ground Friday in Zullinger, Pa., for a $2.3 million ice arena. Palmer Construction was awarded the contract to build the rink for $1.8 million, and Ice Pro of Syracuse, N.Y., will put in the ice floor for $500,000. A $500,000 bequest from a Waynesboro resident made the building of the rink possible.

JLG Industries announced last week that the Fort Littleton plant, which employs approximately 100 people, will be closed indefinitely this fall as part of the company’s overall restructuring plan.

Mr. and Mrs. William Pittman were honored at a 50th wedding anniversary dinner on May 10.

Area residents Steve Hoover, Dave Hoover and David “Dub” Hoover travelled to Cooperstown, N.Y., last weekend to enjoy the long-awaited induction into the baseball Hall of Fame of St.Thomas native, the late Nellie Fox. Others in the group were Bobby, Robin, Danny and Rachel Deshong and Kent, Patty and Garrett Fix.

Birth at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Green on August 1.

Deaths: Ruth L. Waite, Burnt Cabins; Carrie Metcalf, Mercersburg; Elsie Black, Orbisonia; Dorothy Snyder, Shade Gap; Ethel Chilcote, Mount Union; Donald Graham Sr., Fort Loudon; Charles Schenck, Six Mile Run; Robert Burke, Chambersburg; Michael Bard, Needmore; Kenneth Pittman, McConnellsburg; Harold Hann, Harrisonville.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 20, 1987


The Fulton County Republican Committee is to meet at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 20, to select a list of persons to submit to President

Judge John W. Keller to fill the unexpired term of county commissioner Cecil Fraker, who died recently. GOP county chairperson Mildred Fix said she had received inquiries from three persons regarding the commission seat vacancy and that one of those persons had already submitted a resume. Fix declined to identify the three potential candidates, although she did say that one of them is a woman.

A 26-year-old Big Cove Tannery man was killed late Saturday morning, August 15, in a farming accident which occurred on the Clyde Bivens’ farm in Ayr Township. Police said that David Peck, Big Cove Tannery, was killed while working on the Bivens farm. Peck and co-worker Samuel Simpson were working in a cornfield when a silage wagon, which had just been uncoupled, began to move. Both men attempted to stop the wagon, and Peck apparently was dragged about 174 feet to the base of a hill, at which time the wheels of the wagon cut left and ran over Peck. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Fulton County Coroner Dr. Russell McLucas.

The 1987 Fulton County Fair will be held August 23-29. The 66th edition of the fair will this year feature a fair queen contest. Entrants in the pageant are: Melissa Banzhoff, Stacy Black, Sandra Clark, Melissa Clark, Dani Gordon, Heather Harr, Wendy Keefer, Lisa Plessinger, Wendy Shafer, Rebecca Suders and Katrina Seiders.

Mt. Tabor Nazarene Church provided the setting for the May 23 wedding of Valerie Ruth Roberts and Kevin Richard Centi. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. C. Wayne Roberts and Mr. and Mrs. V. Wallace Centi.

Mike Wagner of Harrisonville took a fine fifth-place win Saturday at Port Royal Speedway.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Deshong of Harrisonville on August 10; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lanehart on August 11; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Kerlin of Shade Gap on August 12.

Deaths: David G. Peck, Big Cove Tannery; Minnie Youse, McConnellsburg; Robert Harness, Greencastle; William Sheffield, Mercersburg; Dorothy Brown, Hagerstown; William Imler, Reading.

The congregation of McConnellsburg Presbyterian Church welcomed the arrival of a clergy couple to serve as co-pastors of their church in McConnellsburg. Revs. Jenny and Feild Russell began serving the local 215-member congregation in July.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Peer will celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary on August 24.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 18, 1977


The 56th annual Fulton County Fair will get under way on Sunday with special open air vesper services in the grandstand. Gate admission is $1.50 for adults and $1 for children.

Rev. and Mrs. David Hoover are acting as tour guides for two charter groups of more than 30 area residents who left Friday for a nine-day vacation in Hawaii.

The Franklin-Fulton County Family Planning Clinic has opened an office in McConnellsburg to serve Fulton County residents more conveniently.

The Fulton House has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to area news reports.

Six young ladies will compete for the title of Fulton County Environmental Queen 1977. They are Kathy Gordon, Alexa Smith, Kelly Beatty, Jackie McKeever, Wendy Richards and Lana Miller.

Susan Jean Deshong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross DeShong of Needmore, was joined in marriage to Karl Guy Swope, son of Mr and Mrs. Paul Swope of Needmore, recently at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Nazarene.

Marriage licenses: Robert LeRoy Read Jr., Hancock, and Jonie Rae Bishop, Hancock; Harry Eugene Reihart, Mill Creek, and Christine Irene Breon, Mt. Union; Mark Buterbaugh and Debra Souders, both of McConnellsburg.

Specials at the IGA: Peter Pan peanut butter, 79 cents, 18 ozs.; chuck steak, 89 cents lb.; potatoes, 59 cents, 10-lb bag.

Births at the Medical Center; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gress, McConnellsburg, on August 5; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ervin J. Burton of Warfordsburg on August 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Mason of Hancock on August 7; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Sowers of McConnellsburg on August 8; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Neil of Mercersburg on August 11.

Deaths: Mrs. Ruth Henry, Hustontown; Mrs. Laura Nolan, Hagerstown; Cora Shaw, Hancock; Harry E. Sheffield, Fort Littleton; Laura J. Noland, Hagerstown; Peter Hall, McConnellsburg; Mrs. Hazel Barkman, Hustontown; Verda Lake, Needmore.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 31, 1967


Fort Littleton, which had its share of publicity last year over the Peggy Ann Bradnick kidnapping, again made news headlines on Sunday night when a truck carrying toxic explosive chemicals was diverted from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and parked in Clines Park – with smoke pouring from it and an explosion imminent – or so it was first thought. Action was taken immediately by state police officers to alert the residents within a mile radius of the parked truck to the dangers of the explosion and release of the toxic gases from the chemicals if it did explode. Traffic on Route 522 was rerouted over Route 475 and 431 and no one was allowed near the smoldering menace. Experts on chemicals and high explosive demolition work were requested from Letterkenny Army Depot and early Monday morning, Capt. Robert Leindecker and Sgt. Benjamin Albertson arrived to investigate. The smoke from the truck had subsided somewhat, although the sides and top were bulging from the intense heat. McConnellsburg firemen stood by from 7 p.m to 2 p.m., when the all-clear was given and there was no more danger.

Darrell Lee Meyers, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Meyers of Needmore, was killed Tuesday of this week when he rode his bicycle out of a private driveway into the path of an oncoming car.

Golf will come to Fulton County on Saturday when the Great Cove Golf and Recreation Club opens its course for play.

Local businessmen enthusiastically supported the fourth annual Baby Beef Sale held Friday at the Fulton County Fair. Ray Koontz’s IGA Foodliner of McConnellsburg purchased the grand champion steer for 80 cents a pound. This animal was shown by Tom Strait of Warfordsburg and weighed 935 pounds, bringing home a total of $748 for the Southern Fulton FFA member. IGA also bought the reserve champion animal, an Angus shown by Ricky Chilcote, a FFA member from Forbes Road. The reserve champion was sold for $56.25 per pound.

Marriage licenses: Myron Agnew Starr of Greencastle and Lucinda Ann Suders of McConnellsburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Schooley of McConnellsburg will entertain on September 3 in observance of their golden wedding anniversary.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Marjorie J. Naugle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.P. Naugle of McConnellsburg, and Loren Chaney, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Chaney of Mc- Connellsburg, on Saturday, August 19, in St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, McConnellsburg.

The Shade Gap Methodist Church was the scene of a wedding ceremony uniting in marriage Miss Sharon Kay Baer and Charles Emory Harper on July 30 at 2 p.m. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Baer of Shade Gap and the groom is the son of the late Himes Harper and Mrs. Grace Harper of Three Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Tritle of Needmore wish to announce the engagement of their daughter, Toni Geneva, to A2C Ronald Eugene Hendershot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hendershot of Hancock.

Men in service: Staff Sgt. Kenneth Black, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Black of Wells Tannery, is on duty at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand; Army Pvt. Guy Snyder, 22, on of Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Snyder of Burnt Cabins, completed an eight-week construction machine operator course on August 18 at Fort Leonard Wood, Miss.; Army Pvt. Donald Sigel, 22, and Army Pvt. Donald Strait, 19, completed nine weeks of advanced infantry training on August 25. Sigel, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer J. Sigel of Warfordsburg, received his training at Fort Polk, La., while Strait, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Strait of Hustontown, took his advanced training at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Births at the Medical Center: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Ramsey of Harrisonville on August 25.

60 Years Ago

From The Files Of August 29, 1957


Mrs. Laura Wagner Huartzel, daughter of Paul and Jane Wagner, suffered a paralytic stroke August 4. She is recuperating at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Besser at Thomasville.

A daughter, Wilma Dean, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bohrer of Warfordsburg on August 18, at Fulton County Medical Center.

The man, who has already walked across the United States 16 times and is now trying for 17 stopped in Mc- Connellsburg on Tuesday night. Patrick Thienes, a retired Santa Fe railroader, who until his birthday this year had walked 239,181 miles and that mileage does not include the mileage between San Diego, Calif., and McConnellsburg this year, stopped at Johnnies Diner on his current trip to New York. On arrival there, he is scheduled to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. He walks from 25 to 35 miles a day.

Pvt. John H. Hann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rush Hann of McConnellsburg, has completed his basic training with the 4th Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

Falling on the front steps of her home, Miss Edith Wilds of Fort Littleton, a longtime News correspondent, was admitted to the Medical Center on Wednesday suffering from a broken left ankle. Dr. G.T. Lorentz operated on Saturday, placing five pins in the leg, above and below the ankle, and placing the entire leg in a cast.

Hundreds of persons turned out Friday and Saturday for the two-day sale of Mrs Leslie W. Seylar’s home, furnishings and prized possessions. High prices prevailed throughout the sale. The highlight of the sale occurred on Saturday when the home was sold to Mrs. Alma Horton of McConnellsburg for $12,000. An interesting sidelight of the sale occurred on Friday when Mrs. Russell Runyan of Chevy Chase, Md., recognized Mrs. John Eisenhower, daughter-in-law of the president, who asked that her identity not to be revealed until after she left.

Eight young people from different parts of the state devoted last week to the renovation of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at Cito. The program was under the direction of Rev. Chauncey Varner, director of Youth Worlds of the Pennsylvania State Sabbath School Association. At the church, the young people painted the tower, glazed the windows, fixed the door and put in a new floor in the vestibule. Completely voluntary, the young people represented five different denominations. The group stayed in the basement of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mc- Connellsburg, and each worker brought along $15 to pay for food consumed during the week. A dedication service, attended by the group of young workers, was held at the church on Sunday morning.

Local firemen were called three times last week, once when a truck loaded with furniture caught fire on the turnpike, once for a field fire at the James Reel farm at Needmore and once for a truck fire at Webster Mills.

Donald Gress, who was admitted to Harrisburg Hospital on August 10 suffering from polio, returned home last week. He is now up around the house.

Births at the Medical Center: a son, Eddie Sheldon, to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown of Burnt Cabins on August 21; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. David Kendall of McConnellsburg on August 22; a daughter, Mary Joy, to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clippoline of McConnellsburg on August 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Ulsh of Three Springs on August 24; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Souders of McConnellsburg on August 25.

The parents of C. Owen Fries, principal of McConnellsburg High School, Mr. and Mrs. C. Elmer Fries of Greencastle, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary lat week.

Bruce Johnson and Pauline Ford were married August 12.

Deaths: Roy Mellott of Brownsville, Texas; Warren Elbin of Artemas.

70 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 4, 1947


Mrs. Daisy Strait Wentling was taken to Waynesboro Hospital on Monday where she is suffering from tumors.

The number of terminal leave bonds cashed in Mc- Connellsburg on Tuesday, the first day veterans could get the cold cash for their slips of paper, amounted to 47 for a total of $9,567.33

For having the largest number of men in the line of march with no band, the McConnellsburg firemen won $25 in the Labor Day parade at Mount Union on Monday.

Schools started in McConnellsburg on Tuesday with 387 students resuming their studies.

Fulton’s first polio case, Judy Lee Bain, 4, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bain, is reported as progressing favorably in Harrisburg Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stadler of Silver Spring, Md., announce the birth of a son, Randolph, on August 26.

Frank Thomas of New Grenada is canvassing the county, looking up his political friends for the nomination for commissioner.

Wayne Schwartz of Waterfall celebrated his 24th birthday on August 21.

Hayes Zimmerman and Maye Mellott Gress were married August 23.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 2, 1937


The compulsory age for children attending school will remain the same this year – 6 to 16.

Next year, however, the age will be raised to 17 and the following year to 18.

Rush Campbell and Mona Metzler were wed August 29.

The local post office was moved on Tuesday night from the Morton building to the Kenneth Glazier building on have benefitted the public to any extent as the lobby is rather dark, but is certainly an improvement for the employees and carriers.”

Dr. Edgar S. Krug, who has been practicing medicine for the past seven years, has accepted a position as physician at the Pennsylvania State College and with his wife, will leave for State College this week.

The body of a 24-year-old McConnellsburg man was found at Buchanan’s birthplace last Saturday in the front seat of his Chevrolet’s coach. The discovery was made by Norman Clever, who was with a picnic group. Dr. A.W. Thrush, Franklin County coroner, rendered a verdict of suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning and stated that the young man was dead about 48 hours. Owing to the decomposed state of the body, the remains were placed in a sealed casket on Saturday evening and private burial was made in Union Cemetery on Sunday afternoon.

Miss Cora Wagner of Fort Littleton is recovering nicely from a recent operation in Altoona Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Horace Bivens are the proud parents of a new baby born at the Maternity Home in Chambersburg.

D.P. Bowman, merchant of Burnt Cabins, has been on the sick list. His granddaughter, Viola Hall of Huntingdon, is taking care of his store.

Ralph Edward and family of Hiram moved to Columbia, Lancaster County, on Monday where Ralph is employed.

90 Years Ago

From The Files Of
September 1, 1927

’ 27 Deaths: Wilson Williams of near Akersville, who suffered for years from heart trouble and kindred ailments and who, as told here before, had his legs amputated during the summer in an effort to prolong his life; Alfred Caledine Barnhart of near Hancock.

John Williams has sold his farm in Licking Creek Township to Lawrence George of Altoona for “about a $1,000.”

Russell Truax has sold his farm in Belfast Township to his brother, Howard A. Truax of Pittsburgh, for $1,275.

Hustontown High School opened on Monday with an enrollment of 56 pupils, under the supervision of professors Bruce Sheat and Fred Lamberson.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Reeder of Hustontown, a daughter on August 28.

Mrs. F.O. Hart of Needmore has had a new light plant installed in her home.

A large crowd gathered on Thursday to help Will Swope raise the framework of his new 40x60 bank barn.

Melvin Warsing of Enid began his second year of studies at Girard College on Wednesday.

A surprise party was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Varner of Burnt Cabins last Monday in honor of the fourth birthday of their daughter, Beryl.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Cline of Knobsville, a daughter on August 26.

The Light Company now has the poles set to Knobsville and the homes there are being wired for electricity, with the service expected to begin in a few days.

The wheat crop is not turning out well around here this year. The average is said to be 12 to 14 bushels per acre.

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